Dec 1, 2012 5:00am PST
untrumpeted by the white house. up until now the obama administration's record on whistle blowers has been problematic. as they highlighted in an august document defending the administration's record on leaks, they have prosecuted twice as many cases under be the espionage act as all other administrations combined. the obama administration's history of aggressively prosecuting leakers has dissturkd lawmakers and activists from the left and right because of the essential role of whistle blowers in rooting out malfeasance. barack obama has managed to both prosecute a record number of leakers and sign genuine concrete legislation to protect whistle blowers. now who deserves whistle-blower protections is up for debate and the meaning for that as well. no case illustrates that more acutely than bradley manning. the army private who is accused of leaking classified documents to wikileaks. he testified about his detention over the past two years. joining me is daniel brian, a.l. press. author of "beautiful souls, saying no." ." ed pilkington. he's been covering the trial and zachary iskole. he's
Dec 2, 2012 5:00am PST
is the obama administration going to do? >> the president has been clear he's against legalization. we know we are going to have a cheaper drug, more people are going to use it. it's going to be more socially acceptable. it's a problem in one in six kids. it can be a problem on the roads and learning iq. the administration is against it. what the justice department does because they have ten different legal things they are trying to do. that's the more interesting question. federal is federal law. i can't imagine the administration is going to say they are okay with retail sales. you might be able to have people grow their own. i think if the governor of colorado was right to say not to break out the cheetos just yet. a lot needs to be ironed out here. >> the studies and negative consequences. there's a lot of interesting gain on this. there's data with no effect. some that finds some negative facts depending on when kids smoke it. it has to be compared to alcohol. in some ways, that becomes a big issue. there's lots of negative effects of alcohol. >> it's legal because of a cultural history.